Certain moments are better experienced as a party of one: like buying your first pair of $300 vintage-style shoes—you should probably avoid sharing the deets of where you bought them or the price you paid for them—or like savoring Olmsted’s phenomenal carrot crêpe. Trust me, you don’t want to share it, period.
Thinly shredded carrots, radicchio, micro greens, and sunflower seeds crown this veggie and clam-filled crêpe, with a vivid freshness that spells out farm to table—in case you didn’t know what Olmsted is all about.
Even before Olmsted came up in my search results for BK restaurants that serve Chawanmushi, I’d bookmarked it, but I had no idea of what this Michelin-starred resto was capable of producing.
Now, though I have a short list:
- A carrot crêpe that tastes so much better than I expected, probably the best new thing I’ve tried this year;
- High-quality veggies, meat and fish served in a very green, minimalist space with upscale touches. I sat at the white marble bar;
- A very good reason why my six-year-old’s philosophy of “Sharing is not caring” applies sometimes;
- Big smiles for dishes laced with greens, greens and more greens, from its “green wall.”
Olmsted’s interior “green wall” of plants serves two great functions: easy access to organically grown greens for select dishes on Olmsted’s menu, and providing a Prospect Park-like ambience perfect for eating carrot crêpes.
I witnessed a married couple sitting next to me at Olmsted’s bar, share the carrot crêpe and maybe it was just my imagination, but half of the time they smiled and the other half, they frowned. The wife, sitting closest to me, whispered rave reviews for it in my ear, while mine was on its way and I could tell she was a bit jealous that I’d be having mine all to myself.
Good food usually brings people together but this carrot crêpe is not a typical savory crêpe, just as Olmsted is not your typical restaurant. It’s a future-forward, vegetarian-friendly dreams do come true restaurant with old school ideals—the type of restaurant that yields relishable, good-for-you cuisine for every category of eaters.
The crêpe’s underscore is an orange-carrot “jus” that adds a delightful citrus sweetness to every bite. I made sure to sop up as much of it as possible, as I finished my crêpe in five minutes (or less).
659 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238